The following is a review of Cargo — Directed by Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling.
Cargo is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in Australia wherein Martin Freeman plays a father who is running out of time. After having been infected by a virus, he now needs to find a place for his very young daughter, and a person — a guardian — that can look out for her and raise her, because sooner or later even he will turn into one of the zombie-like infected brain-eaters that roam the Australian wilderness. (more…)
The following is a review of the second season of 13 Reasons Why — Developed by Brian Yorkey.
When I reviewed the first season of 13 Reasons Why, which I thought was a very good and, certainly, important season of television, I ended up saying that it was must-watch television and that it would be irresponsible for parents to ignore it. (more…)
The following is a review of The Week Of — Directed by Robert Smigel.
Although Adam Sandler is in (and is great in) Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Limited), which is a film that Netflix acquired the distribution rights to, the straight-to-Netflix Adam Sandler films — the true Netflix productions — haven’t exactly been great. When I saw the first trailer for The Week Of — his latest Netflix original film — I was convinced that this would be an improvement on films like The Do-Over and The Ridiculous Six. I was wrong. (more…)
The following is a review of Kodachrome — Directed by Mark Raso.
Kodachrome is a road trip drama film based on a New York Times-article. The film follows record executive Matt Ryder (played by Jason Sudeikis) who has fallen out of favor with his boss, but to keep his job Matt has promised his boss that he will manage to sign the band Spare Sevens, even though that is probably never happening. (more…)
I have reviewed many Netflix films, and I really enjoy doing that. These are films that are, in most cases, released at the same time for everyone everywhere. That is genuinely a good consumer-friendly distributing system. Sure, some of these films are godawful, but sometimes among the ‘Netflix films of the week’ something truly special appears on the streaming service. (more…)
The following is a review of Game Over, Man! — A Netflix Film.
Game Over, Man! is an action-comedy very clearly inspired by Die Hard, even though the title of this film, for some odd reason, refers to a popular Bill Paxton quote from Aliens. This film, however, follows three housekeepers working at a hotel capable of attracting wealthy individuals and celebrities for late night partying. (more…)
The following is a review of ANNIHILATION — Directed by Alex Garland.
There is this really sad quote about daring cinema that I once found as I was searching the Web for some interesting thoughts on the film industry. Actor and filmmaker Sean Penn reportedly once said that “if you put three thoughts into a movie, you’ve broken the law and no one will come [see it].” It is a quote that I’ve used before to describe cerebral cinema that was rejected by audiences. But I think the quote’s best companion piece is Alex Garland’s ANNIHILATION, a smart science-fiction film that was literally cast aside by a major studio because the film ‘broke that law.’ (more…)